First round of Lane County teachers getting shots this week

These clinics will not be open to the public and you will receive a call from your district if you are eligible for one of the vaccines.

Posted: Jan 26, 2021 6:46 PM
Updated: Jan 26, 2021 7:53 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- A select number of educators and school staff will begin receiving Covid vaccines this week.

Lane County Public Health is receiving 1,700 doses on Wednesday, all of which will go to educators across the 16 public school districts  in Lane County.

Tony Scurto, superintendent of Lane ESD, said there are about 8,300 public educators and staff in Lane County. Including private schools, charter schools, and early learning facilities, the number is closer to 14,000.

Scurto said they don't know exactly the numbers each district will be getting, but he said that each district will receive an allotment of vaccines -- after which it's up to them to set up clinics to get their staff vaccinated.

Springfield, Eugene, and Bethel all confirmed they will be giving out their first round of vaccines to educators this week. Eugene will also help vaccinate staff from the Crow Applegate Lorane School District as well as some Lane ESD staff.

Because of the low number of doses available, not all staff from the districts will be vaccinated. A spokesman for Bethel said it comes to less than 20 percent of the district's staff.

None of the clinics are open to the public. Officials said you will receive a call from your district if you are eligible for one of the vaccines.

Scurto also said that they only learned they would be getting the 1,700 doses late last week and for next week's allotment if any at all, they should learn about it later this week.

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